Technical Training in Water & Sanitation Infrastructure

The course information document & curriculum is available here. Please get in contact if you want to discuss running a tailored training for your context and location.

  • NCA 2017

    Finally, a training on an appropriate level! The workshop was balanced between the practical & theoretical parts which gave me not only the basics, but also information on where to find what I need to prepare for upcoming missions. It gave me an insight into the technical sections. Very, very useful.
    -NCA participant, March 2017
  • Mercy Corps

    Before I came to the training, many friends had told me that I would learn a lot. As it happened, I really gained a lot of information from the training – in fact what was surprising to me was that I learned more during this training than I had from my previous work experience and education. It was the best training from all the trainings that I have attended before.
    -Mercy Corps participant, September 2016
  • Unicef 2016

    At the beginning, I thought the content of this course was a bit too technical for me. However, I’ve gradually digested it and learned quite a lot that I could not have imagined initially. This learning is definitely going to help to increase the effectiveness of my work.
    -Unicef participant, September 2016
  • Unicef 2014

    Thank you BushProof for a wonderful, useful and motivating training! The combination of theory and practice was perfect, and learning from the broad experiences from the facilitators and the participants was a great added value. I can’t wait to go back and start applying what I learned, and also to continue reading and learning.
    -Unicef participant, September 2014
  • Save the Children

    This training was unquestionably one of the most useful I have ever attended. It combined a very strong theoretical grounding with numerous practical exercises that ensured that participants were able to know how water and sanitation solutions are both developed and implemented. It was intensive, information-rich and supported by extensive documentation including manuals, policies and research findings. The key to the success of the training was the fact that the trainers were both highly experienced in the field, and that they were passionate about the subject.
    -Save the Children participant, September 2013
  • Unicef 2006

    The course was great and the breadth of knowledge of the BushProof staff was impressive. I am definitely better equipped to deal with the design, implementation and monitoring of a watsan programme than I was prior to the course. Both rookies and long-term development workers would find something of value here.
    -Unicef participant, August 2006
After having run several trainings in other countries (e.g. South Sudan and Kenya), BushProof has now decided to offer its technical training on site, in preference to Madagascar. The reasons are that it allows our training to be more tailored to specific contexts, allows the cost per participant to drop, and ends up being more efficient in terms of carbon emissions and our environmental impact. We have over 30 sessions to choose from, but for all of them our focus remains largely on water & sanitation infrastructure and technical design.
    Manual drilling practical, 2013
    We always try to promote learning through a range of both practical and theoretical sessions. Practicals include getting outside to build things, as well as design calculations in the classroom. Examples of practical sessions include the following:
    • - Manual drilling & jetting;
    • - Coagulation & chlorination jar tests;
    • - Biosand filter construction;
    • - Household water treatment demonstrations;
    • - Field topographical surveying;
    • - Water testing
    • - Various practical calculations as part of theoretical sessions, including well design, pumping test, pipe design (pumping & gravity) septic tank design, groundwater contamination risk, and rainwater catchment.
    As always, participants at a BushProof-run training are expected to get involved with all practical sessions – so prepare to get dirty!
              Manual drilling practical, Singapore 2009
              Our style of training tends to be fairly intense, where we give as much information as we can during the time available. Our focus is on technical design issues for problematic (and neglected) areas in water & sanitation projects. As much as we can, we link theory to field experiences of the facilitators.
                Classroom - water infrastructure training
                We suggest not having more than 20 participants per course, which still allows individual feedback and tuition. The course will be conducted in English, but since the BushProof course facilitators speak French they can help francophone participants to understand any technical terms.
                  Topographical surveying - BushProof
                  We are able to run training at any location, security permitting. Where security is an issue, we will work with you to find alternative nearby locations that could be an option for our training.
                    On-site trainings typically last for between 6 and 10 days. For training over 6 days, we would suggest one day of rest in between. The cost available on request, and may vary depending on the context and what is required by way of preparation from our side.
                      Topographical surveying